Cave of the Winds by Norman Rockwell
August 28, 1920 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Cave of the Winds, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published August 28, 1920.
The alternate title for this illustration is Girl with Skirt Blowing Up.
This painting was Rockwell's thirty-third overall out of 322 total pictures featured on the cover of The Post. Rockwell's career with the Post spanned 47 years, from his first cover illustration, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 to his last, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963.
It is also the eighth Rockwell cover in 1920. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover eleven times in 1920.
The location of the original painting is not known.
This illustration has been reproduced in two Rockwell commentary books, as illustration 134 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner and on page 84 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
Demand for this popular cover, as well as its scarcity, ensure that a cover in great condition is an expensive commodity. This cover, in acceptable condition, regularly sells for more than one hundred dollars.
Cave of the Winds
With this painting, Norman Rockwell treats us to a scene from the carnival.
We can see buildings in the background, along with a spire and lots of people.
Judging from this background, this carnival is a permanent one. At least, it is not a traveling show.
The boy and girl in this painting are visiting an attraction called Cave of the Winds. This also appears to be a permanent attraction at this carnival.
The boy is grinning and holding on to his hat. But he is looking at the ribbon in the girl's hair blowing, not at her skirt. Could he be acting the gentleman?
The girl's skirt blows up right on cue.
She appears to have been ready to stop her skirt from blowing all the way up. The look on her face may express surprise, or it may be something other reaction. She has dropped her bag of peanuts, but has held on to her balloon.
Cave of the Winds was only one of 322 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers; Here is the list of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.
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Obviously, the children know about this attraction. They knew what to expect.
Even if it were their first time at the cave, older kids and their friends have prepared them for what would happen.
And now they have experienced Cave of the Winds.
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Norman Rockwell Quotes:
I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.
Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.
I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.
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